I have to wonder what would actually happen if the federal authorities left Portland today.
Would the rioters stop attempting to destroy federal property?
Would the rioters stop terrorizing the local business owners and residents, many of whom have had to board up their shops if they haven't already had their property destroyed?
Would the local authorities take control of the situation, and make it clear that while peaceful demonstrations are allowed and encouraged, rioting and terrorizing the public will not be tolerated?
If the federal agents leave, none of the rioting stopped, and local business owners and residents in the immediate areas where the rioting has been taking place continued to be denied the right to move about freely and peacefully without fear of having their property destroyed and possibly being physically harmed, would anyone do anything about it?
And if the rioters did succeed in destroying federal property, who would pay for that? The city of Portland? Oregon taxpayers? US taxpayers?
Would it be unreasonable to suggest that Portland, and possibly Oregon as a whole, lose all federal funding if they allow federal property to be destroyed and refuse to repair it?
I'll state, again, I will never accept federal agents policing the streets, it's unlawful. But they do seem to have authority to stand guard and protect federal property. So who is going to ensure that if they leave the exact reason the feds are supposedly there won't come to fruition?